A RESIDENT has captured the partial solar eclipse which is happening right now.

Peter Tickner sent in a photo of the phenomenon and explained he took the snap from his back garden observatory in Lower Earley.

He said the shot was taken in a cloud break mid eclipse.

Another resident Andrew Marcu also sent in a pciture of the eclipse today.

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An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun.

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This causes the Sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed as the “ring of fire”.

However, observers in the UK and Ireland will see a crescent Sun instead of a ring, as this will be a partial eclipse.

The partial eclipse will end at 12.22pm.